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Michele Bachmann campaign staff gets shaken up

by Adam Russett on September 6, 2011

Already falling behind both Texas governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the polls, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann has shaken up her campaign. Politico reports that her campaign manager Ed Rollins has changed positions and his deputy has left his post altogether.

Rollins, who was in charge of day-to-day campaign operations, will instead segue to a more advisory role. While some might speculate that Bachmann's decreasing popularity as the main reason for the switch, Rollins says that his health is his main concern.

"I wish I was 40 years old, but I’m not," he told the news source. "I’m 68 years old, I had a stroke a year and a half ago. I’m worn out." He added that he still fully supports Bachmann and will be with her when she takes the stage in California for the first fall debate on Wednesday.

Though Rollins' changing role may not have surprised some close to the campaign, the fact that his deputy David Polyansky has left the campaign entirely is somewhat unexpected. According to Politico, a source close to Bachmann said that Polyansky disagreed with the staff on how exactly to move forward with the campaign.

Regardless of the motivations behind the shake-up, it highlights the fact that Bachmann may be losing favor with Republican voters. She sprung to the front of the discussion after a surprise victory at the Iowa Straw Poll, but after Perry threw his hat into the race he has stolen some of her thunder.

Additionally, the moves highlights the fact that Bachmann's congressional office has an especially high turnover rate compared to other members of Congress, The Washignton Post reports, which could be a knock on her executive capabilities.

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